Wednesday, April 22, 2015

From Pope Francis - April 22, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 22 April 2015 -

Pope: We must restore the honor of marriage and the family


Pope Francis made his way along St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, blessing pilgrims in his general audience.  At one point he actually got off the popemobile, to bless this elderly woman. 

These religious also had their moment with the Pope, and it seemed like they didn't want to let him go. 

In his catechesis, the Pope talked about the complimentary roles of men and women. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Women are not 'replicas' of men. They come directly from God the Creator. The image of a woman coming from Adam's rib, does not express inferiority or subordination. On the contrary, men and women are of the same substance. They are complimentary.” 

He also denounced sexism and the exploitation of women and their bodies in the mass media. Sin he added, breaks the connection between men and women. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Let's think about the recent rise of distrust, skepticism and hostility that's growing in our culture. Especially women's understandable mistrust that the union between a man and a woman, can also refine the intimacy of communion and protect the dignity of difference.”

Highlighting this very point, the Pope then called on men and women to rediscover the potential greatness that comes from marriage. 

POPE FRANCIS

"The social devaluation of stable and fruitful union between a man and a woman, is a loss for everyone. We must restore the honor of marriage and the family.” 

Since Wednesday marks Earth Day, the Pope called on Christians to protect nature and not exploit it.  




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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

From Pope Francis - April 15, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 15 April 2015 -

Pope focuses on gender theory in his weekly general audience


In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on the gender theory as he addressed tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.  He stressed that differences between men and women are meant to complement one another and not trigger competition. 

The Pope also said that 'sexual differentiation is not ordered to subordination, but to communion and procreation.' As far as the role of women, he went on to say that 'we sense the responsibility to do more in favor of [them] recognizing the weight and authority of their voices in society and the Church.' 

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Continuing our catechesis on the family, today we reflect on the complementarity between man and woman.  Scripture tells us that "God created man in his own image… male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27).  
 Man and woman bear the image and likeness of God not only as individuals, but also together.  In God’s plan, sexual differentiation is not ordered to subordination, but to communion and procreation.  

This reciprocity brings harmony and enrichment to the human family.  But it also presents a constant challenge; that men and women learn how to speak to one another, and to respect and love each other.  Nowadays, we sense the responsibility to do more in favour of women, recognizing the weight and authority of their voices in society and the Church.  We must also ask ourselves to what extent society’s loss of faith in God is related to the crisis of that covenant.  The challenge faced by the Church, and by all believers and families, is to rediscover the beauty of God’s plan, the imprint of his image in the covenant between man and woman.



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

From Pope Francis - April 8, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 8 April 2015 -

Pope Francis: It is shameful that some children are left by parents

Pope Francis reflected on the dramas of childhood during his catechesis. With pain in his voice, he said it was "shameful” that many children are rejected. He added that it is not fair for them to suffer because of adults' sins. The Pope also decried the poverty and hunger in which many of them live and said the system "that we have created” is to blame.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

Today we continue our reflection on children, the greatest blessing which God has bestowed on man and woman. I wish to focus our attention on the suffering which many children are experiencing.  From the first moments of their lives, some are rejected, abandoned, and robbed of their infancy and future.

There are those who say it is a their fragility, and the hunger and poverty they suffer. But children are never a mistake, and their sufferings are only reasons for us to love them even more. Every child who begs on the streets, who is denied an education or medical care, is a cry to God. Too often, these children become prey to criminals, who exploit them for commerce or violence. Even in wealthy countries, they suffer due to family crises and living conditions which are at times inhumane.

In every case, their childhood is violated in body and soul. How did Jesus respond to the children and their parents who brought them to him: "Let the children come to me… for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 19:14). How beautiful the trust of these parents, and the response of Jesus!  And there are many extraordinary parents who daily make sacrifices for their children.

The Church offers her maternal care to all children and their families, and she brings them the blessing of Jesus.  May we always care for our children, not counting the cost, so that they may never believe themselves to be mistakes, but always know their infinite worth.  


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Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekly Events at St. Columba

Resorts Casino, Atlantic City - April 16, 2015

The next trip Resort Casino is Thursday, April 16th, The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. Please make check payable to St. Columba in the amount of $30. Payments can be dropped off at the rectory during office hours or can be put through the slot at the convent door. Because of the need to pay for the bus in advance, anyone deciding to go on the trip on the day it occurs will be charged $35

Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Blessings


Fr. Fennessy, Fr. Tomás, Msgr. Walter, Fr. Francis,
Fr. Chris and Fr. Ed extend to all our parishioners
best wishes for a Happy, Holy and Blessed 
Easter Season.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

From Pope Francis - April 1, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 1 April 2015 -

Pope reflects on Holy Week during his general audience.



In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. He delved into the significance of Holy Week's Sacred Triduum, which begins with commemorating the Last Supper and the washing of the apostles' feet. He then highlighted that the Triduum ends with Jesus' Resurrection, which illuminates the present and future. 

SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  

Tomorrow we will begin our celebration of the Sacred Triduum, as we commemorate Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.  We begin the Triduum by celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, as we recall Christ’s offering of his body and blood to the Father, which he gave to the Apostles as food for their nourishment, with the command that they perpetually celebrate these mysteries in his memory.

We recall also the Lord washing the Apostles’ feet, through which he showed that the purpose of his life and passion is to serve God and neighbour, a service which we are called to imitate by loving one another as he loved us. 

On Good Friday, we will meditate on the mystery of Christ’s death and we will adore the Cross.  By his sacrifice, sin has been overcome through love, an immense love which we are called to live and transmit.  

On Holy Saturday, we will contemplate Jesus’ lying in the tomb, and with Mary, the Church will keep alive the flame of faith, hoping against every hope in Christ’s resurrection.  

Then, at the Easter Vigil, when the Alleluia resounds again, we will celebrate the Risen Christ, the center and fulfillment of the universe and history.  In these days, may we not only observe the Lord’s Passion, but truly enter into its mystery, making our own the sentiments of Christ.  In this way, our Easter will indeed be blessed.

Speaker: I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States.  May the Risen Lord confirm you in faith and make you witnesses of his love and resurrection.  May God bless you!



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